the silver screen...

So the other day I was listening to my iTunes at work and I had it on random play. It played some songs I like, some I haven't heard in a long time, and then it came to this one song, Cinematic by Cool Hand Luke. I honestly don't remember how I got this groups CD. Their album is a 5 out of 10 at best, but this song is really solid.
It talks about what life would be like if our lives were like a movie. How would we react when the hero, Jesus, dies? What would we do and how would we handle it? It's a cool concept because how do we react when we think about our hero dying? How do we handle the death of Jesus and how does it affect our daily lives?

Yesterday, I was sitting in my office on a teleconference call with my friend Eric, who used to be a former youth pastor of mine and is probably the closest person to me outside my own family. He and I were planning for the fall and spring semesters for the upcoming year. When we sat down, I heard the passion in his voice about really getting this kicked off right, holding God in the
front, and treating God like God. God will do big things this year, is what he said to me on the phone. And looking back to this song, Cinematic, the song really opens up our minds eye to see where Christ really is.

A lyric in the song says, If I am supporting actor than the Oscar goes to you. If my life was cinematic, with a sound track so dramatic. You'd be the hero and you would save me and it would be the greatest ending.

Eric's brother, a friend of mine as well, passed away in December 07. It was a very hard time for Eric, his family, and for all those who knew and loved Mikey for who he was. I handled the news by cleaning my house to stay busy and not think about it. It is crazy to think about our hero dying in the time we need him the most. Eric has shared many things with me, but God is bringing him out of
a rut. Eric is finally getting back into that spot where God needs him to be, where I need him to be, and where Mikey would want him to be.

When a hero dies in a movie, everyone in the audience is somber and sad. We never want the hero to die. The good news about Jesus is who rose back from the dead. He is still alive today. He is alive in me, in you, anyone who reads this blog, in the world, etc. Jesus lives in each of us and His words and parables are even more relevant today.

It has been a long journey for me as well this past month. Having a major knee surgery and learning to live a life different than what I was living. Learning to eat healthier, depend on others to help because you can't do it all on your own, and learning to lean on God through His understanding and not my own.
It is my prayer that the movie of my life ends in happiness and that people are changed through it. Not because of what I have done in my life, but because of how God used me to reach those around me and in the community around me.

I like movies with action. I like Michael Bay films. He always like to have a lot o
f explosions, car chases, and a lot of heart pounding adrenaline action! I need to be a man of act
ion. I am not saying I need to run from the cops for a car chase and get on the 5'o clock news, nor do I need to blow anything up. BUT, I do need to follow Christ and trust He has my best interest at heart. Trust that He knows what He is doing. That is a true man of action, and at the end of my movie, before it fades to black, the hero will have saved me to have the greatest ending of them all.
Also, just for randomness, I want my coffin to have an envelope painted on it that says "return to sender".


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